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Costa Rica Hotel Tip: Can You Name Your Arenal Or Monteverde Hotel?

Costa Rica Hotel Tip: Can You Name Your Arenal Or Monteverde Hotel?

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When it comes to choosing a Costa Rica hotel for your vacation, you have done the research. You know more or less where the accommodation is located, what the room price is, and the amenities that are offered onsite, but can you quote your reserved accommodation’s name? The task sounds easy, doesn’t it? After all, who would put so much time and effort into their vacation only to forget the name of the item they have so thoroughly decided on? Surprisingly, many travellers. Truth be told, the majority do not forget their hotel name entirely, but they do have to think twice about it when they are asked to provide tourism companies, travel agencies, or transportation service drivers with the exact title of their chosen accommodation.

This is especially true for those travellers who opt to visit either La Fortuna (Arenal) or Monteverde when in Costa Rica. The tour operators and transportation service providers who are responsible for most hotel pick-up and drop-off services must receive the full name of the accommodation a traveller plans to stay at in order to correctly coordinate the required transportation service. When this does not occur, drivers receive comments resembling the following instead:

“I am staying at the Monteverde hotel…”

“I can’t remember the name fully, but it has Arenal in the title…”

“It is Monteverde something, I’m sure…”

“My hotel is named after the Arenal Volcano…”

Unfortunately, little do travellers know how similar hotel names are in Costa Rica. Since it is common for hotels to include the name of the city in which the accommodation is located in its title, confusion resulting from hotel name similarities can cause travellers to miss transportation services and/or depart later than intended. From the transportation service provider’s perspective, without the complete accommodation’s name on file there are a variety of hotel options to have to decide between when picking up and dropping off travellers. Consider the following hotel names citing “Monteverde” or “Arenal” in the title:

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  • Monteverde Lodge
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
  • Monteverde Inn
  • Monteverde Rustic Lodge
  • Monteverde Villa  Lodge
  • Monteverde Country Lodge
  • Montana Monteverde
  • Jardines de Monteverde


  • Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
  • Arenal Kioro
  • Arenal Paraiso
  • Arenal Rossi
  • Arenal Carmela
  • Arenal Manoa
  • Arenal Green
  • Arenal Nayara
  • Arenal Volcano Inn
  • Arenal Lodge
  • Gran Arenal
  • La Pradera del Arenal
  • Lavas del Arenal
  • Arenal Rabfer
  • Arenal Backpacker
  • Arenal Resort
  • Arenal Country Inn
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge
  • Arenal Jireh
  • Vista Arenal
  • Arenal Vista Lodge


Be careful with the words “Arenal”, “Springs”, “Resort”, and/or “Spa”

Even more confusing can be the sharing of words across hotels. Consider the first two photos of us shown above as an example of incredibly similar hotel names in Arenal (La Fortuna):

  • The Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
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These two hotel options are completely different Arenal accommodations. The former is a superior hotel option offering hot springs on-site and nightly stays ranging between $155 and $175. This hotel should not be confused with the later which is a resort hotel option also offering hot springs on-site but with nightly stays ranging between $400 and $1000. With this example, citing the words “springs”, “resort”, and “spa”, are simply not enough to identify which exact accommodation you plan to stay at; in the case of the latter, use of the word “Arenal” (or lack of the word’s use, in the case of the former) is required to identify the correct accommodation.

Be careful with the words “Arenal”, “Volcano”, and/or “Lodge”

In addition to “Arenal” being an important and prevalent term, the words “volcano” and “lodge” should also be used carefully when describing your La Fortuna (Arenal) hotel. The following hotels are often mistaken for one another:

  • Arenal Volcano Inn
  • Volcano Lodge
  • Arenal Lodge
  • Arenal Vista Lodge
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge

Any slight misuse of the name “Arenal”, “volcano”, or “lodge” could send you to a different hotel than the one you have a reservation for. In these cases, it is not enough to simply know the words that make up the title of your preferred accommodation, as you should be able to quote your hotel’s name completely and accurately in order to ensure a proper pick-up or drop-off as planned.

Be careful with the words “Monteverde” and “Lodge”

Similar to the problem some travellers run into with the words “Arenal”, “volcano”, and/or “lodge” described above, the words “Monteverde” and “lodge” should also be given special consideration when when describing your Monteverde hotel. The following hotels are often mistaken for one another:

  • Monteverde Lodge
  • Monteverde Rustic Lodge
  • Monteverde Villa  Lodge
  • Monteverde Country Lodge
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
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Here, often an additional word or phrase (such as “rustic”, “villa”, “country”, or “cloud forest”) is needed to correctly separate one Monteverde hotel from the next. Since each differs from its competitor in terms of amenities and cost, making sure that you record and remember the right one is an important step toward arriving at the accommodation you have selected for the trip, and not one that is either higher or lower in quality than what you expect.


Although simple and straightforward, we recommend that travellers keep a list of their hotel accommodations with them throughout their trip. There is nothing worse than forgetting the exact name of the accommodations reserved, only to have to be driven from hotel to hotel in search of your name on a receptionist’s check-in list. Having the titles of your hotel choices in writing and kept handy throughout your trip can save you a hassle and a headache, leaving you with more vacation time to spend at whichever hotel options you decide on for your trip.

QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: Have you stayed in Arenal (La Fortuna) or Monteverde? Where did you stay and what did you think?

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1 thought on “Costa Rica Hotel Tip: Can You Name Your Arenal Or Monteverde Hotel?”

  • Cool blog. I’d suggest checking out Hotel Las Orquideas in Monteverde. It’s a fantastic little bed and breakfast run by a family friend of mine. Danilo is a great guy, and they really and truly treat guests like family.

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